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A Fatal Finale

(2020)
(The first book in the Ella Shane Mystery series)
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On the cusp of the twentieth century, Manhattan is a lively metropolis buzzing with talent. But after a young soprano meets an untimely end on stage, can one go-getting leading lady hit the right notes in a case of murder?
 
New York City, 1899. When it comes to show business, Gilded Age opera singer Ella Shane wears the pants. The unconventional diva breaks the mold by assuming “trouser roles”—male characters played by women—and captivating audiences far and wide with her travelling theatre company. But Ella’s flair for the dramatic takes a terrifying turn when an overacting Juliet to her Romeo drinks real poison during the final act of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi.
 
Weeks after the woman’s death is ruled a tragic accident, a mysterious English duke arrives in Greenwich Village on a mission. He’s certain someone is getting away with murder, and the refined aristocrat won’t travel back across the Atlantic until Ella helps him expose the truth.
 
As Ella finds herself caught between her craft and a growing infatuation with her dashing new acquaintance, she’s determined to decode the dark secrets surrounding her co-star’s fatale finale—before the lights go dark and the culprit appears for an encore . . .
 
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Kathleen Marple Kalb lives with her family in Cheshire, Connecticut. She’s currently a weekend morning anchor at New York's 1010WINS Radio, capping a career she began as a teenage DJ in rural Western Pennsylvania. She’s currently working on the next Ella Shane historical mystery.
 
Visit us at www.kensingtonbooks.com
 
 

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"Delightfully intriguing, A Fatal Finale is a Gilded Age gem of a mystery. Kathleen Marple Kalb has gifted us with a glimpse of behind-the-scenes opera at the turn of the 20th century and introduced us to Ella Shane, an unconventional diva and the perfect plucky heroine. Readers will adore this immersive tale!" - Lydia Kang

"In A Fatal Finale, Kathleen Marple Kalb raises the curtain on the tarnished glamour of the New York City theater scene in the Gilded Age, with a cast of characters so genuine and loveable you won’t want to leave them when the book is over. Bravo to this engaging debut! I look forward to encore after encore!" - Alyssa Maxwell


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Hardback Editions

April 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Fatal Finale (Ella Shane Mystery)
Author(s): Kathleen Marple Kalb
ISBN: 1-4967-2723-1 / 978-1-4967-2723-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington
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March 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Fatal Finale (An Ella Shane Mystery)
Author(s): Kathleen Marple Kalb
ISBN: 1-4967-2726-6 / 978-1-4967-2726-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington
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Audio Editions

April 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Fatal Finale (Ella Shane Mystery, 1)
Author(s): Kathleen Marple Kalb
ISBN: 1-68457-841-8 / 978-1-68457-841-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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April 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Fatal Finale Lib/E
Author(s): Kathleen Marple Kalb
ISBN: 1-66511-741-9 / 978-1-66511-741-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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April 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Fatal Finale: Ella Shane Mystery Series, Book 1
Author(s): Kathleen Marple Kalb
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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April 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: A Fatal Finale: Ella Shane Mystery Series, Book 1
Author(s): Kathleen Marple Kalb
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon AU   


April 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Fatal Finale: Ella Shane Mystery Series, Book 1
Author(s): Kathleen Marple Kalb
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


April 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Fatal Finale: Ella Shane Mystery Series, Book 1
Author(s): Kathleen Marple Kalb
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

April 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Fatal Finale (An Ella Shane Mystery Book 1)
Author(s): Kathleen Marple Kalb
Publisher: Kensington Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU